RGD launches Award recognizing Canadian Design Educators

Deadline to Submit (extended): October 5, 2018


RGD is thrilled to announce the inaugural Canadian Design Educators Award of Excellence to honour faculty who have made outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research. 


These contributions include: implementation of unique approaches to course or curriculum development, dissemination of critical pedagogical research, mentoring of colleagues, mentoring of students, collaboration, and/or exceptional service.


One Award will be presented to a College Educator and one Award for a University Educator either working in Canada or a Canadian citizen working abroad. The two Awards will be presented at DesignThinkers 2018 in Toronto, October 24-25.


"Design educators work diligently supporting students; creating relevant, targeted, challenging curriculum; reflecting on and refining their own pedagogy and keeping up with their own creative practices," explains Saskia van Kampen RGD, RGD's VP of Education. "The Education Committee wants to celebrate these members of our community and the essential contribution they make to our profession, our industry and to future generations of designers. We look forward to honouring our first two Winners this Fall." 


Nominees should have a proven history of teaching effectiveness demonstrated through the requirements listed below. Either the Nominee or the Nominator must be a professional Member of RGD or GDC.


Deadline to Submit: September 28, 2018




As part of a Nomination, the following are requested:

Nominator Statement: Describe why the nominee should receive the award (500 words or less)

Nominee Curriculum Vitae: Include education, teaching experience, teaching awards, conference presentations, selected publications, service and any other significant contributions (3 pages or less)
Significant Projects/Images of Student Work: Describe up to 3 projects taught by the Nominee with supporting images showing student work and/or in‐studio engagement (3 pages or less) (min. 1)
Support statements/letters: From former students and colleagues (min. 1 from a student and 1 from a colleague; max. 2 from both)

Evaluation criteria

Focus: The nominee demonstrates a defined and rigorous focus in one or more areas of specialization including critical pedagogy, curriculum development, student support, mentoring of colleagues and/or students, collaboration, and/or exceptional service.

Community and collaboration: The nominee demonstrates active contribution to the building of a more cohesive design community — collaborating institutionally, locally or on a broader scale.

Contribution: The nominee demonstrates active contribution to the advancement of design pedagogy and/or practice.

Support: The nominee demonstrates exceptional support for students and/or colleagues.

Curriculum: The nominee demonstrates dedication to the development/enhancement of curriculum that is inclusive and relevant to a quickly evolving program of study.